I was born and raised in Central Asia, at the crossroads of the Turkic, Persian and Arabic cultures. The tales of The Thousand and One Nights, the travels of Marco Polo and Ibn Battuta, and the poetry of Omar Khayyam and Hafez, strongly influenced the formation of my world view. My heart and soul are deeply rooted in the East, with its charm, slow pace and its overflowing energy. At the moment, I work as a winemaker in Central Europe. I travel frequently and enjoy studying different cultures.